Twelfth of July parades cancelled

Edward Stevenson, Grand Master, Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland (pic:

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Grand Master of the Orange Institution has today cancelled the Boyne Anniversary Parades set for July 2020.

“In the current circumstances, the gathering of hundreds of thousands of Orangemen and women, together with their accompanying bands and spectators, would not be responsible.

“ I appreciate that our culture and traditions are very much a way of life for the Orange family, however in light of the current situation, we must prioritise the safety of not only our members, but of the entire community.

The cancellation of the Twelfth of July parades is certainly not without precedent. During the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, and at times during both the First and Second World Wars, parades were not held. On each occasion, there were alternative ways found to mark the occasion. These include flying flags and displaying Orange Lilies.

The Grand Master has said that he hopes that in 2020 alternative ways to commemorate the Battle of the Boyne will be found.

I am very glad that that the Orange Institution is looking out for the welfare of the whole community, not just in Northern Ireland, but in the Republic of Ireland, England, and Scotland.

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